Bus driver dies after collision between transit vehicles in Vancouver's Gastown

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      A collision between transit vehicles in Gastown on Monday has resulted in the tragic death of a 64-year-old man.

      In a news release issued today (September 29), the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) explained that a man was dealing with a mechanical issue on his bus around 8:30 a.m. on September 27 near Cambie and Cordova streets when he became pinned between two transit vehicles.

      He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but unfortunately he later died. His identity has not been released by the VPD, but news reports have identified him as bus driver Charanjit Parhar, who worked at TransLink for 21 years.

      At 3 p.m. today (September 29), all transit vehicles will stop as TransLink observes a company-wide moment of silence in his honour.  

      VPD Const. Tania Visintin stated that the VPD collision investigation unit is working with the Coast Mountain Bus Company and WorkSafeBC to determine the cause of the crash.

      This incident is the 13th fatal collision in Vancouver in 2021.

      Any witnesses or anyone with dash-cam footage are asked to call investigators at 604-717-3012.

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